LODI — Qualifying for CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections in swimming is hard work; finishing in either the top eight for finals or top 16 for consolations is an honor.
Swimmers from 27 leagues (over 175 schools) competed in prelims last Thursday and Friday at Tokay High with the top 16 from each event returning Saturday. El Dorado County schools — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado and Union Mine — had a total of over 19 varsity swimmers and 26 frosh/soph swimmers make the finals.
Trojan Brandon Mills posted the best overall swims in placing second in the 100 yard breaststroke (57.47) and 200 Individual Medley (1:53.45), setting a new school record and receiving All-American Consideration times in both events.
Dylan Kubick, also from Oak Ridge, placed fifth in the 200 IM (1:54.38) and finished eighth in the 100 backstroke (52.62), setting a new school record. Teammate Josh Verner placed eighth in the 100 butterfly (51.95) while the 200 medley relay team of Trevor Dong, Mills, Verner and Garrison Yeandle placed third with a time of 1:36.68 — setting a new school record and just missing the All-American consideration time by just .02 one-hundreths of a second.
The 400 free relay team of Dong, Kubick, Verner and Yeandle placed fifth with a time of 3:11.03 to set a new school record but just missed the All-American consideration time by just .08 one-hundreths of a second.
Oak Ridge divers Jordon Gotro and Thomas Dillion placed second and fourth respectively in the 1 meter diving competition. Gotro set a new school record.
From Ponderosa, top swims came from Andy Cunningham finishing third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.79 and placing sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.45.
From El Dorado, Andrew Coen placed seventh in the 100 free final with a time of 48.18. Coen, Mac Guinn, Daniel Pope and Will meigs broke a school record in the 400 free relay.
For the varsity girls, top finishes were in the consolation finals from Oak Ridge swimmers Madeline Velez in the 500 free (10th place, 5:09.15) and 200 free (15th place, 1:56.98); and Cypress Lampe in the 100 free (10th place, 52.83). The Lady Trojan 400 free relay (3:42.19) and 200 medley relay (1:53.80) teams placed seventh and eighth respectively in the finals.
In the frosh/soph girls division, the top three finishes came from Ponderosa’s Taylor Lehr who placed second in the 200 free (1:53.27) and 100 back (57.95). El Dorado’s Haley Owens placed second in the 100 breast (1:07.07) and Marissa Garcia placed third in the 100 breast (1:07.56) and 200 IM (2:14.98). The Cougar girls 200 medley relay team of Kyle Covington, Owens, Garcia and Rose Christeson placed first with a time of 1:53.61.
For the frosh/soph boys division, the top swim came from Union Mine’s Jason Williams who won the 100 fly with a time of 54.43.
Oak Ridge Coach Patrick Foster summed up the season in saying, “I am so proud of all of the kids. It’s sad to see the season is over. All year they gave 100 percent and sections was no difference.”
Stats for top finishers are online at mtdemocrat.com.